The growing diversity of surfaces and manifestations of copper and its alloys is impressive. But its enhancement of building typologies where copper may not have been considered before is also revealing, as our first project, a major sports stadium in Adelaide, Australia (page 4), shows.
Other characteristics – notably transparency and transformation, using perforated copper alloy facades – are explored by both a modern infill building in historic Copenhagen (page 8) and a model B&O store in Herning, Denmark (page 12). Two residential projects, in Luebeck, Germany (page 16) and Ghent, Belgium (page 18), exemplify the flexibility of copper, allowing bold forms to be expressed with material continuity. Interestingly, both designs resulted from robust responses to local planning constraints.
Our interview with the architect of another infill within an historic city streetscape, the UNESCO listed centre of Amsterdam (page 22), reveals an intriguing approach to contemporary design that respects its context without compromise. Two more uncompromising designs, a museum in Erding, Bavaria (page 26) and a theatre in Cergy Pontoise, France (page 28), share an exploration of surface texture using copper alloy shingles – an increasingly popular technique.
Our final two projects both focus on young people. A community facility in Denbigh, North Wales (page 32) maximises flexibility to provide a wide range of support services and uses a distinctive copper façade to create a strong local presence. In contrast, the design of a secondary school near Oslo (page 36) exhibits a rigorous interpretation of its programme, with a dark copper profile reflecting local industrial heritage.
These projects clearly demonstrate that copper inspires architects – something that is also apparent from the growing number of impressive reference projects uploaded to our website. To celebrate the role of copper in current contemporary design, we are now launching the 17th iteration of the European Copper in Architecture Awards. The deadline for receipt of entries is 30th April 2015 and more details are available on the back cover and on our website copperconcept.org.
We look forward to your Awards entries!
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